Nasa tests space radar for finding buried victims
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A portable radar device that can sense live victims beneath a collapsed structure was inspired by the same technology used to detect distant objects in space, Nasa said Wednesday.
The prototype for the new tool was demonstrated for reporters by US space agency experts who are collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security.
Known by the acronym Finder, short for Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, the device can locate people as many as nine metres under crushed materials, Nasa said.
"The ultimate goal of Finder is to help emergency responders efficiently rescue victims of disasters," said John Price, programme manager for the First Responders Group in Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate in Washington.